Downtown Allora as it is now.
Downtown Allora as it is now.

Streetscape plans on agenda

FINAL draft plans for the Allora streetscape will be presented to the Southern Downs Council this morning by landscape architect Stephen Palmer, but it is doubtful any construction will take place this financial year.

"There is allocated funding for the concept design," a council spokeswoman said.

"Council has not yet allocated construction funding for this project."

Plans to rejuvenate the town's streetscape were first put to the public in February last year.

Residents were invited to a public consultation with Mr Palmer and the council staff to share their ideas.

Issues such as shade and rain protection, greenery and plantings, pavement treatments, meeting places, colour and design, parking and equal access for people with disabilities were all considered.

Two alternative concept plans were released in late July 2011.

Concept one had no central planting or treatments and it also retained the bus stop in the current position.

The redesign would accommodate 46 car spaces on the western side of Herbert Street and 23 on the eastern side.

There would also be three pedestrian crossing links.

A highlight of this concept was the large footpath at the community hall and post office which could be used for community events and structured in such a way that it could be closed off for special functions.

Concept two had minimal central treatment.

It also included a pedestrian crossing area adjacent to the medical centre and the bus stop was relocated to Warwick St.

This concept also included parallel visitor caravan parking in Muir and Drayton Sts.

A visitor's corner was also included in this design, which included a series of information panels about the town's attractions.

A total of 1092 surveys were sent out to Allora residents to gauge their opinions on the two concept plans and the first concept came out on top.

There were concerns a sewerage system should be put in place in Allora before the streetscape was done.

The draft concept plans can still be viewed at southerndowns.qld.gov.au by searching Allora streetscape.



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